February 21, 2024
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Pacific Signs Victoria Native Sean Melvin

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Pacific has landed itself a second goalkeeper with the signing of Victoria’s own Sean Melvin, who arrives on a two-year deal with a club option for 2026.

The 29-year-old has spent the last two seasons with Atletico Ottawa, where he’d recorded four clean sheets in eleven appearances behind Nathan Ingham and enjoyed one regular season win in the nation’s capital.

Atletico Ottawa Sean Melvin
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“We have been incredibly impressed with Sean since he’s arrived at Pacific,” revealed PFC Manager of Football Jamar Dixon. “His work in training and his personality have surpassed our expectations. He has a fantastic character, and we expect him to be a leader within our organization and in the community.”

Last season saw Melvin make seven consecutive appearances while Ingham was sidelined with a hand injury, with the goalkeeper earning two team of the week performances after recovering from a tough loss against – you guessed it – Pacific.

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Melvin’s career started with his youth development through both the Calgary Foothills and the Vancouver Whitecaps U-23 squad before he collected USL experience with the Whitecaps FC 2 and Fresno FC.

The six-foot-four goalkeeper signed a homegrown contract with Vancouver in 2018, riding the bench ten times without getting the chance to make his debut for the MLS side. He was picked by the Colorado Springs Switchbacks following his release in 2019, where he briefly reunited with Alan Koch and collected 25 appearances through two seasons as a starter.

Atletico Ottawa Sean Melvin
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He than came back to Canada with Atletico Ottawa, making four appearances in 2022 and seven in 2023.

His competition will be young goalkeeper Emil Gazdov, who was trusted with the number one spot last year and – although it wasn’t without bumps – showed considerable growth as Pacific progressed through to the playoff semi-finals.

“Sean is a competitor who will push Emil every week and fight for a spot in the starting line up,” adds Dixon on the signing.

Melvin will certainly present more veteran competition for the spot, with last season having seen the Tridents use 22-year-old Keiran Baskett to push Gazdov. With Melvin clocking in at 29, it’ll be interesting to see how the battle for minutes goes between Sean and Emil.

While not formally announced by the Tridents yet, they’ve also signed another Victoria native in forward Dario Zanatta, who has now arrived from Scotland.

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